The Village by the Sea

The Village by the Sea

by Anita Desai

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A classic survival story by one of India's most acclaimed authors, set in a quiet village outside of Bombay about two siblings who struggle to maintain their family's bond in difficult times

Anita Desai’s The Village by the Sea is an exciting and moving story about life in an Indian coastal village and life in the unimaginably big city of Bombay. It is the story of thirteen-year-old Lila and her twelve-year-old brother, Hari. As the book begins, Lila is wading into the sea to bring scarlet hibiscus, sweet-smelling lilies, and butter-yellow allamanda flowers to the sacred rock the fishermen’s wives pray to, just as her mother did before her father had to sell his boat to pay his debts and her mother fell ill. Now Lila and Hari must care for their ailing parents as well as their two younger sisters. Sensing adventure and a chance to save his family, and possibly his village, Hari impulsively joins a group of farmers and fishermen traveling to Bombay to protest the construction of a fertilizer factory that threatens to pollute the coastline and destroy their livelihood. Will the protest succeed? Can Hari survive in the city, and can Lila manage at home without him? Through their own resources, and the kindnesses of strangers, Hari and Lila must find a way to “Adapt! Adapt!” as their ornithologist friend urges, just as the birds and animals must do to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681373522
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 947,161
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Anita Desai is a novelist, short-story writer, and author of children’s books. She was born in Mussoorie, India, and studied at Delhi University. Desai is the author of several novels, including Fire on the Mountain, as well as Clear Light of DayIn Custody, and Fasting, Feasting, each of which was short-listed for the Booker Prize. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and of Girton College, Cambridge and Clare Hall, Cambridge. Desai is the John E. Burchard Professor of Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Village by the Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simplistic, but it is supposed to be aimed at younger readers. Rather like a watered down version of Rohinton Mistry's 'A Fine Balance' - it deals with the injustices, and the extreme difficulty of poverty in India at that time, but with an element of fairytale about it, particularly in terms of the resolution of the problems faced by the characters.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book as mandatory reading material for high school and I really enjoyed the read. The book offers insight into the hardships rural India faces and really has an apt ending. The hardships of a boy who finds himself to be the man of the family are potrayed really well. I wasn't going to bother leaving a review till I saw a lame 3 star one sentence review and had to correct that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the way Hari is facing reality.